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New Mexico State University faculty, staff honored at convocation

Twelve faculty and staff members were honored at the fall convocation of New Mexico State University, held Thursday, Aug. 15.



Fall convocation award winners from left: Bobby Creel, Nirmala Khandan, Jesus Barquet, Joseph Benson, Karin Wiburg, Jennifer Kreie, Darlene Reeves, Bruce Rockford Burris, Laura Madson and Greg Mack. Not pictured are Rosa Sandoval and Sergei Smirnov. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

a Christmore Faculty Teaching Awards, for $500 each, were awarded to Jennifer Kreie, an assistant professor in the accounting and business computer systems department, and Laura Madson, an assistant professor in the psychology department.


Much of Kreie's research is related to computer user education, ethics in decision-making and the use of technology in teaching. Madson's research interests include the social psychology of gender and sexual orientation and the psychological process involved in teaching. Both have shown exceptional dedication to teaching, said university Provost William Flores.

University Research Council Awards for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarly Activity, for $2,000 each, went to Nirmala Khandan, a professor of civil and geological engineering; Greg Mack, a professor of geological sciences; Jesus Barquet, a professor of Spanish; and Sergei Smirnov, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Khandan's teaching and research activities are in the field of environmental engineering. Mack's field of research is sedimentary geology, with a current focus on the Rio Grande Rift. Barquet, a native of Havana, teaches and researches Caribbean literature in Spanish, Hispanic literature in the United States, Spanish-American poetry and contemporary Cuban and Cuban American poetry and theater. Smirnov conducts research on photo-induced electron transfer processes.

Six faculty and staff members received Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union Achievement Awards, for $1,000 each.

Fort Bliss FCU Faculty Service Awards, for service to the university and the community, went to Joseph Benson, a professor of management; and Rockford Burris, an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at New Mexico State's Alamogordo campus.

The Fort Bliss FCU Faculty Research Award went to Karin Wiburg, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction. Wiburg co-directs a project called MathStar, which helps middle school math teachers improve learning for their students. She also directs the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers Today (PT3) program, which incorporates technology in teacher education and sends faculty and teacher candidates into the schools to work with K-12 grade teachers.

The Fort Bliss FCU Professional Staff Achievement Award in Research went to Bobby Creel, associate director of the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI). Creel has been involved in water research and research administration for more than 20 years.

The Fort Bliss FCU Professional Staff Award went to Darlene Reeves, projects coordinator at the WRRI. Reeves works closely with research faculty, research personnel at local, state and federal agencies, university students and research administrators at New Mexico State, New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico.

The Fort Bliss FCU Classified Staff Award went to Rosa Sandoval, an audit technician in the College of Health and Social Services Research Center. Sandoval coordinates more than 400 affiliations agreements that must be in place before students can participate in clinical rotations or field placements in such programs as health science, nursing, radiological technology and social work.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/convocation_winners.jpg.
CUTLINE: Fall convocation award winners from left: Bobby Creel, Nirmala Khandan, Jesus Barquet, Joseph Benson, Karin Wiburg, Jennifer Kreie, Darlene Reeves, Bruce Rockford Burris, Laura Madson and Greg Mack. Not pictured are Rosa Sandoval and Sergei Smirnov. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Jack King
Aug. 16, 2002